Sunday, December 11, 2005
Friday, October 28, 2005
Tuesday, October 18, 2005
So, there was a mudslide yesterday above out apartment and I didn’t even know about it. The video is pretty cool though. It’s because the fires have weakened the hillside so much. I wonder what’s next for our little village hamlet. Also, I warned you before that cuts and downsizing was coming to my movie studio. It looks like the mainstream media got a hold of it as well so I am sure I will be getting calls from my family wondering if my job is secure. Like I care. I’m off on Paternity leave in three weeks anyway. I great comment comes from a fellow worker who adds their two cents (in parenthesis) to one of the funniest paragraphs in the article about the budget cuts and layoffs:
“At Warner Bros., efficiency has been the watchword for months. Four months ago, Meyer and Horn held a three-day meeting with 95 top Warner Bros. executives at the St. Regis Resort in Dana Point. (with rates starting at $395.00 per night x 95 x 2 nights = $75,050.00 + meals) There, the studio chiefs instructed their division heads to comb their 2006 budgets looking for ways to shave costs. What they came up with is under discussion.”
All Hail large corporations and big thinking!
Tuesday, October 11, 2005
Friday, October 07, 2005
Wednesday, October 05, 2005
*UPDATE* Lindsey Lohan is a crash magnet! There was NO paparazzi involved, just an innocent worker making a U-turn. Darn, I really wanted another reason to hate the Pizzaz!
Monday, October 03, 2005
Friday, September 30, 2005
Tuesday, September 27, 2005
So it’s not a shark, but its got teeth and my son kept talking about a tiger as he was walking through someones landscaped yard and calling it the Jungle. We took this pic at the zoo where they still don’t have that alligator that is running loose in Los Angeles. Yesterday I was taking a walk after lunch around the studio when it began to rain out of nowhere. Yeah, rain in LA, that’s weird. The closest production office was closed so I holed up inside the ranger station on the Invasion set. There are big signs all over that say “Authorized production Staff Only.” But hey, it was raining and there was nobody around. The show is actually OK, even though I am a fan of Lost. I’ve started watching season one from the beginning and realized that they need to start making movies that are this good. In other news, it seems like Disney is making a movie version of The Bridge to Tarabithia, which was a favorite childhood book of mine. Then I thought, wait; wasn’t there already a movie made of this thing? Turns out I was right, and once again Hollywood slips into the safety of the remake. In employment news, I gave my resume to some contacts that are in the studio’s feature development department so we will see if that leads anywhere, and I also got a raise, so now I make enough to pay our gas bill.
Wednesday, September 21, 2005
News from the boardroom: I just got out of a meeting where they explained the new merger of all our television divisions under one roof. The big announcement was cause for celebration since it streamlines procedures and puts a face to afore mentioned individual units. In discussing this however, I found out it was also cause for dismissal. When you take two divisions, each with their own advertising dept. and put them into one, the corporation goes “hey, we can completely do away with one of the advertising departments, and save a lot of money!” So of course, now 40-some-odd people are out of a job, but of course that is never mentioned in the official press release. In another vein, a little birdie in archives (where they take care of all the props and costumes from all the movies we’ve made) informed me that a lot of people from the productions take off with a lot of the props and costumes from the movies before the studio can gather them back up for display/storage etc. I witnessed this firsthand when I worked on Alexander packing up all the costumes. The only ones from the principles that were left were the bloody war armor…all the cool stuff that was shiny and clean was probably swiped before it was even shipped back to the states. All of this stuff is the property of the studio that paid for it, but I know some do get taken. I was told a certain leading man kept a Batman hood from the most recent movie, and our studio never got back any of the original Willy Wonka outfits. We do have prototypes, but if it wasn’t for them, a certain pirate might be indicted for the pilfering of very feminine, purple, Michael Jackson looking costumes.
Wednesday, September 14, 2005
Monday, September 12, 2005
*UPDATE! - No terrorists, it was some worker who cut the wrong line or something. Wonder if he got fired? Actually, he could use the excuse that he saved the county millions of dollars by shutting down the power for an hour or so.
Friday, September 09, 2005
Wednesday, September 07, 2005
This Blog is neither political or all that current, but in the light of recent events, I feel it is my duty to comment on Katrina and its aftermath. What I have seen and heard has been appalling, heart wrenching and depressing. The very night Katrina hit New Orleans, I had a very vivid and emotional nightmare about living through a disaster where everything was taken from me. I can’t express the sadness and hopelessness that I felt. I feel so bad sitting here with my safe job and responsibilities, which so far don’t seem to be in the least effected by the hurricane. I wish there was so much more that I could do besides the donations we give for situations such as this. In a word, tragedy like this makes me want to end all human suffering. Yes, I too am angered at the slow response, racial profiling, governmental squabbles, and finger pointing; but feel we need to get beyond all that and do what we can do. I respect everyone’s right to vent, but creating dissentions, disagreements and discord in a time like this shows ones lack of self control over issues that my enrage them personally. Think more universally, help with selfless abandon and then rant and rave all you want later; there is no time for that now.
Friday, September 02, 2005
Wednesday, August 31, 2005
Thursday, August 25, 2005
Wednesday, August 24, 2005
CRAP! The link is gone. It really was funny...really
And it's back...the magic of the internet!
Tuesday, August 23, 2005
Friday, August 19, 2005
Saturday, August 13, 2005
Wednesday, August 10, 2005
Thursday, August 04, 2005
Wednesday, August 03, 2005
Tuesday, August 02, 2005
Speaking of large film corporations, film moguls and sharks, George Lucas compared large entertainment companies to sharks. Is this a subtle jab at fellow frienemy Spielberg’s creation of the mega movie Jaws? Probably not but it would be nice to stir the pot a little.
"A big company has its downsides," (Lucas) added. "It's kind of like a shark. If it doesn't swim then it dies. If you grow and get bigger and bigger then you collapse. ILM has reached a level where we don't want to get any bigger. We're the oldest and most advanced visual effects studio today."
I’m willing to make a bet that Lucas arts and ILM get way bigger. With their huge Star Wars franchise just getting started…wait, scratch that. Looks like Lucas has one heck of a huge shark with nothing to feed on.
ME: hi love!
ME: how was swimming?
Wife: how is your day?
ME: mine is good, gave blood, got woozy and now playing catch-up
Wife: got woozy? you don't usually do that do you?
ME: no, but I had to walk a ways so when I got to my desk, I just sat for a few
Wife: wow! I'm sorry. Luckily you didn't black out on the way
ME: It was OK, is kayden asleep?
Wife: no. he played for about 5 minutes then came and told me he wanted to go in the crib. Our little 2 1/2 year old is doing his happy arms and feet under the mobile.
ME: great, newborn regression
ME: and you, labor yet?
Wife: I wish.
Wife: I'm getting more and more uncomfortable.
ME: I know, I wish there was something I could do...I guess you'll have to rely on my massages
Wife: you are so good to me! I couldn't make it without you!
ME: I will bask in my glory now
ME: Is there anything you need? do you want me to come home?
Wife: no. I think I'm good. Just have some work to do now.
ME: Okay, loves
Wife: love you!
Thursday, July 28, 2005
Thursday, July 21, 2005
Wednesday, July 06, 2005
Friday, July 01, 2005
This is a black tip reef shark in its death throws due to red tide. Now, I know fist hand what red tide is. I received a Fathers day present to snorkel off the coast of San Diego. It actually was very fun and peaceful and I did get to see lots of fishes and things that swim in the water. I also got to dive in some caves and rocks which were also very neat. However, vision was limited to about three feet because of the red tide that had drifted in choking the shores. I never knew what an adverse effect it would have on sea creatures though. The poor girl who took these pictures thought she was being attacked since it leapt out of the water and snapped at her. I guess we could blame all these shark attacks on red tide. Curse you Red tide and your bite inducing, blinding fog!
Wednesday, June 29, 2005
It was 4 years ago today that I knelt beside my wife in the Portland, Oregon LDS Temple and was sealed for time and all eternity. I could not have asked for a better wife or a better life for that matter. We have come a long way and there is still so much that we have to experience. I relish the fact that we will be together no matter what happens, both in this life, and beyond. I know this may sound sappy but it is because of her I feel like I can do anything, and I guess that's why I'm sticking around here and trying so hard.
Friday, June 24, 2005
Tuesday, June 21, 2005
I've been tapped to play the Fonz in our church road show (according to my wife). How crazy is that! Back in college, my fraternity called me Cunningham cause of my red hair and lack of coolness, and now I've gone the other extreme. Keep in mind that I look nothing like the dude pictured above and that I havn't seen Happy Days in forever so I really don't remember how he acts. Ohh goody, this looks promising. Wish me luck and I'll keep you informed as the first rehersal is tonight.
Friday, June 17, 2005
1. That I’m terrified we will be split up if anything major happens, and
2. What matters most to me is in the right place, since that is all I wanted in my reflex.
Wednesday, June 15, 2005
Tuesday, June 14, 2005
Looks as if I won't be buying this version. already got the earlier one that came out like...4 years ago. The article has it right, Universal didn't plan this one very well or they just think that they have sway over our general conscience. Love the movie though. My sister got me a kickin' Jaws t-shirt for my birthday, so now I can wear it and go to star wars conventions and challenge people there to a nerd duel.
Monday, June 13, 2005
George Lucas has officially declared himself the savior of the movie world. Not only is his new Letterman Digital Arts Center located in San Francisco supposedly the next wave of the movie studio future, but it's being built over an old hospital. Does Lucas think his new site will heal more than our relationship with the movies? In all actuality, I am just jealous. I really would love a job there, but then I would have to move there, which I can't afford. I don't think anyone can except for those rich moviemakers. and the rich get richer...
Friday, June 10, 2005
It's not everyday that I get to go to the movies. In fact, it's become quite rare for since it is harder and harder to get out of the house with a youngn'. But with a little help from some neighbors, and an pre-screening for employees, I was able to see Batman Begins. Great movie! I recommend it to anyone. If you want a mini review go here and check it out. As far as job prospects go....I'm still getting in slowly. I got a call from a major production company since my contact here put in a good word for me. I will let you knowif it goes anywhere. I have also started attacking production companies with my resume and letter promoting myself for upcomming films. Will it work? Probably not, but it dosn't hurt to try!
Tuesday, May 17, 2005
And on with the show I would like to say. I wasn’t really expecting anything from it (since there really isn’t a special effort to get white males into the industry since there are so many of us overrunning the place anyway) but I still had high hopes for it. My desire and aspirations far outweigh my luck. I honestly don’t have any connections down here in Movie land and whenever I talk to someone on the inside they always say things like “what you really need to do is talk with someone who is in the biz”! I know, the irony is not lost on me. Everyone is so worried about their own skin and trying to survive in this cut-throat industry they could care less about the newbie’s. The ones who are set in it are so far from reality they have distanced themselves from all of us wanting a break. Talent, it seems is only worth something here after you have established yourself.
My corporate job isn’t helping any. I feel like my eyes are bleeding because I accidentally resized my screen and I can’t get it back to it original size. Poop! I went to the networks Upfronts meeting where they announce all the new shows and schedule in the fall and was un-impressed. A lot of talking, a lot more of the same kind of TV and the whole thing is set up to excite investors into advertising. The funny part about it is that they took place in NY and all the shows are shot out here. Corporate companies will undoubtedly spell the end of creativity in any form of the film medium.
I just got off the phone with my son. He mainly just says “yea” or “yes” to all the questions that I ask but today he told me about going to the park, worms and sung me a lullaby because his daddy was tired. I hope that I will always be able to find beauty in simplicity in everything that I do. It’s amazing that no matter how jaded you feel by the world, feelings of peacefulness can overshadow the negative through intimate contact with those you love. That is beauty
Tuesday, May 10, 2005
My boredom from my job is growing unfortunately just as fast. It seems that they pile as many menial tasks as possible into one position, make it impossible to do them all with any sort of consistency, for the sole purpose to have someone to blame in case anything goes wrong. Mind you, I haven't done anything wrong, nor been accused of doing something wrong, but the mundane rhetoric of my job and its importance in the overall scheme of things is so underwhelming. I mean, here I am on one of the biggest lots in Hollywood, employed by one of the most successful movie studio's and I am not doing anything remotely related to movies (unless you consider keeping track of subscriptions and golf carts vital to the production). I do have contacts all over the studio though and would really love to move into creative. That's the place where they have say over what movies they are going to do, casting, sets, production etc. I would love to be a part of that. It seems to me that creativity is a fleeting and precious gift that is given to all. If that gift isn't constantly honed and practiced it becomes dormant, and eventually leaves. Sometimes I feel creatively stagnant and I can attribute it to these cubicle walls. Who though up office cubicles on a movie lot anyways...Oh yeah, the New York Corporation that bought us out!
My comfort comes from the end of the day when I get to see my family. It is a healing time when your family is excited to see you and you get to spend time talking and eating and just being together. My son and I went to the museum together to see dinosaurs and butterflies. He does this little happy dance where his feet march away standing in place and his arms flap wildly as he takes in whatever he is seeing. Watching him do that and exclaim "see daddy" makes my job bearable knowing that I am doing this for them. It's like feeling the baby grow in my wife's belly that fills you with a sense of awe and wonder and you realize you are willing to go through anything for them, a bad job, a bad whatever just so they can grow up happy. Somewhere there is resolution to this but right now I am content to live with a lackluster job, and a remarkable family.